Age-defying banksia flower, Kakadu plum and native fragonia are on the spa menu at South Australia’s Southern Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island. Photo: Southern Island Lodge

Forget aloe vera – in 2020, ethnobotany is all about Africa’s miracle marula, Amazonian camu camu berries and Australia’s age-defying banksia flower

The latest luxury spa treatments draw richly from indigenous ethnobotany ingredients native to Africa and the Amazon, employing the traditional wisdom of Aboriginal Australian and Native American tribal practices

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Age-defying banksia flower, Kakadu plum and native fragonia are on the spa menu at South Australia’s Southern Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island. Photo: Southern Island Lodge
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Tamara Thiessen

Tamara Thiessen

Tasmania-born journalist, travel writer and photographer, Tamara Thiessen, is also a global hotel correspondent. Like an arctic tern, she migrates regularly between Australia and France, but consider hotels her true pied-à-terre. She writes for business and leisure travel publications, in-flight magazines and newspaper travel supplements worldwide, and is the author of several books including travel guides to Vienna, Barcelona, Australia, Switzerland, Borneo and Rome.